If religion is man made, then shall we say the concept of God is also man-made?
The biggest mystery humans are trying to solve or somehow find a way to describe, how everything came into existence.
Some believe that God is Omnipotent and Omnipresence male, female or a group of governing bodies of God and some dont believe in that God and claim that everything just happened by chance from nothing and nothing created or evolved into everything at present and will keep on evolving.
God is not proved objectively. What is proved objectively — the electron, neutron or proton? Nobody has yet seen electrons, neutrons, protons, but the scientists say they are. If nobody has seen them why do you say they are? Scientists say, “Because though we cannot see them, we can see their effect.” The mystics say the same thing: “God is not observed objectively, but we can see the effect.”
Can’t you see the universe running so intelligently? Can’t you see tremendous intelligence permeating the whole?
It is not only the mystics who say the universe is full of intelligence. Albert Einstein’ said, “The scientist’s religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at harmony of natural law which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection.”
Listen, this is not Bohme, Ramakrishna, or Rajneesh. This is Einstein saying that it is not a dead universe, that it is not a “stupid” universe, that it is intelligent.
Physics has become metaphysics again. Physicists even talk about atoms having free will. Einstein said no event can be postulated without the presence of a witness, an observer.
Molecular biology has conclusively proved that the “matter” of organic life, our very flesh, really is mind-stuff. What is the purpose of this intelligent universe? Scientist David Foster says: “To become more intelligent.” I love this answer. This is what the mystics have always been propounding. From unawareness to awareness… from unintelligent to intelligence… there is the way and there is the goal. The Upanishads say: “tamsoma jyotingamay” — “O Master of the Universe, take me from darkness to light.”
What do we mean when we say “God is”? We only mean that the world is intelligent, nothing else. God cannot be proved objectively, that’s true. Nobody is trying to prove him objectively. In fact, if God is proved objectively, he will be no longer God. Then he will become a thing. Then you can dissect God in your lab, you can analyse; then it will not be God at all.
I have again and again said that Creation is the Creator, that the world is God; that there is no separation; that it is not like a painter and the painting — in fact it is like a dancer and the dance. God is existence. There is no separation. Not that God has created it; God has become it. You cannot find God anywhere else other than in his existence, and you cannot separate them.
Can you find the dance when the dancer has gone? Or can you call a person a “dancer” when he is not dancing? They are always together; the dance and the dancer are together. They are two aspects of One energy. Creation and Creator are together.
In fact, my own choice is that I don’t like calling God “Creator”. I call God “creativity”. It is an ongoing process. Not that one day God created the world. Creation continues. It is moment to moment, moving, it is a process, it is dynamic, it is river-like. And God is not separate. Through meditation you come to your innermost core of intelligence. Through meditation you become so silent that your own intelligence is revealed to you. In that very revelation, God is revealed. ( 1 )
But last week one of my Yoga students who is a hardcore Catholic accused me of being evil and later even called me Satan, the reason: She read one article of a Catholic priest from India ( although this priest is a big scammer and has several rip-off money making foundations and lives a palatial villa in India ) that Yoga is anti-Catholic and evil and she found that meditation is evil too and therefore, she wont venture into meditation or Yoga anymore.
However, the very examples of people like above just makes me wonder what does religion do to some people to hate or judge others. I have distanced myself from the very religion of my birth and today live in total freedom of mind. I live for the moment and my god is the very moment when I do a good deed, or appreciate nature. I would not even call that process as God as knowing God will always be mysterious to us. Osha tries to describe the meanings of God in several ways, but I partly agree with him initially in the opening sentences of “THE FIRST PRINCIPLE”, but later on at the end of his speech he yet tries to describe his own version of God. We all have given our own version of God depending upon the country, our grooming, education, our cultural influences and other factors that would determine our perception of God. We all have our own perception of God. Just like there are over 2 billion Christians and over 1 billion Muslims and approximately 1 billion Hindus on this planet and each major religion having a unique Holy book or Gods word which portrays a character of their respective religious God. However, every Christian, Muslim or Hindu or Jew will follow his / her holy book differently and if asked will offer his own perceived view of God.
Thus it makes very clear to me and yet each believer now makes sense to me when he / she describes his/ her own version / perception about God. Therefore, I have also arrived to a conclusion that, there is no God fearing person on this planet as no one follows their respective religious book 100% and on a humorous note, “We all are bound to hell”. Well, I do not believe in hell either and I do not hold my own version of heaven or hell either. Probably let Science find out somewhere in future, if heaven or hell exists, or Science might come up with some theories about some chemicals or tiny molecular sub-atomic particles as Heaven or Hell. If Science has been able to debunk all the religious theories and prove them wrong up-to now, maybe in future after 1000 years or more less will give us clear understanding or a closer definition which might appear closer to Gods definition or heaven and hell definition scientifically.
I also do not buy the theory of Atheists that we all came from nothing and nothing created us by chance and everything around us is nothing. I do not understand the logic of nothingness.
If religions are all bent on making everyone around believe that God exists, then I state that even the term God is man made , so how can a Human being define the supreme unknown….and yet the known and can be felt & seen & experienced everywhere.
I do not wish to disrespect OSHO by inserting the speech from the FIRST PRINCIPLE, or I do not want to hurt the sentiments of people from other religions, science or atheists. But ever since the word God was invented or the feeling that there is something like God developed in human mind, it has been changing, modifying & transforming till date and will always transform. One cant place a meaning of someone, or some force, or some supreme being or something so mysterious in one word of God, Yahweh, Allah or Bhagwan. Besides after reading all the scriptures of the major and minor religions I have discovered a different character of God and some books God has several characters and his mood and definition changes to vagueness beyond unmentionable.
Everyone or mostly most people around the world are aware of good and bad, but yet everyone just flows with the situation of life. What if we all followed what good was and did what is supposed to be good? Would there be crimes or corruption on this planet ? Rather then the input of fear of God, paradox of heaven or damnation to hell or mixing the silly age old theories of religious books in school kids minds, the most important things would be do’s and donts for life or for living. For example when I was employed as a training Manager at a retail firm we would put the new sales recruits through the 5 days of Induction Training Program and during the process we would not tell them about the religious ways of selling or dealing with customers or what God wants them to do in our firm, but we had a clear defined Do’s & Dont’s, policies and procedures which they had to follow in order to proceed with the selling career in our firm. However, those Do’s & Dont’s, policies and procedures were simple, straight forward and clear to follow without any contradictions or confusions which appear in any religious books and I believe that every successful or modern business, firm or company has such Do’s & Dont’s, policies and procedures. However, we do not have something like this for our life or method of living , apart from the confusing religious books.
People need something to believe. This is common notion considered by most and therefore claim that God is the only consolation for people’s questions and to solve all issues of a persons life, but how does this phenomena analysed?
Arent the results of our actions subject to the current situation we have arrived in our life, or sometimes results of other peoples action affect our life? People spend time, money and effort in Gods service and the rituals to ensure that after death they shall be in heaven or pray to God to get them out from current problems, but come on, if one sits and ponders over all these silly rituals and prayers being answered then its like slapping the face of science. Many religious priests try their best to connect the actions or results of science with God, but that’s like a joke no one laughs at.
So what are we supposed to believe? Whom to we pray ? There are many questions which will drive us to question all the connecting thoughts to find out what God is like. We forget that in the process of searching God we do the most selfish things in life and hurt others or try to keep on hurting our-self. I know what is right and what is wrong and what is good and what is bad. What is good for me and what is bad for me is only situation and its only matter of chance or destiny ( Oh! did I just type destiny ? ). We cant try to find all the answers in life, we can never be sure about what is God is ( I prefer to call unknown or prefer not to call it anything as it, she or him or that force has not revealed to or probably has been revealed to me in several ways or through several persons or incidents in life ). I prefer not to further explain about destiny, luck or fate.
I would rather be happy with that unknown being free thinker away from all religious guilt and rituals.
Reference (1) ‘The First Principle,’ courtesy Osho International Foundation, http://www.osho.com